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How to break the break up news?

I think my girlfriend is wonderful and funny and gorgeous and sexy and amazing and talented. But she doesn't believe that. The relationship isn't perfect, but it's fun and good. The problem is, I've come across somebody with whom it seems like it might be great, but my girlfriend will be (in her words) destroyed if I leave her. And I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2014 - 38 answers

 

Funny movies about sadness?

What are some movies that make light of sadness or hard times in a non-mean-spirited way? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Mar 10, 2014 - 63 answers

Looking for some sad acoustic folk songs that suit my singing voice.

I can sing in an alto or soprano range and I love to sing with my NOSE [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 2, 2014 - 22 answers

Old Time Banjo

I've been listening to a lot of Pete Seeger since he died. What other old time banjo players might I like? I'm not looking for fast rolls, finger picks, bluegrass style. I'm looking for frailing, clawhammer, and plaintive melodies. This sort of thing.
posted by phrontist on Feb 20, 2014 - 14 answers

Single, nearly 35, feeling profoundly alone and terrified.

I'm having a real bad night and pretty bad month or so. I'm trying to stay optimistic but it's so, so hard. Any kind words and support will help. [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Jan 24, 2014 - 37 answers

I feel like I am emotionally constipated around the people I love most

Whenever I see one of my close friends or family members, as soon as we part company I kick myself for not being more demonstrative of my love and appreciation of them. Am I Doing It Wrong, or is this a cognitive problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Let's pretend it's not winter.

I am looking for gardening books focusing on perennial flowers or vegetables or books on landscaping design/ideas that will make me drunk with plans for spring. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

I think my back is dying.

I have been having some really really terrible back pain lately and I need to know roughly what it might be and what kind of doctor person I should see about it and what I can do in the meantime so that I don't end up defenestrating myself in order to escape it. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Combating SAD with a light therapy box - suggestions?

My mood has always taken a downturn around November and picked up again mid-April for as long as I can remember. I've been getting particularly depressed this year, so I talked with my therapist and was diagnosed with SAD. She recommended a light therapy box to help, but with my circumstances I am unsure of which to purchase. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Nov 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Gluten allergies must be made up

How do I come to terms with the glaring in-your-face reality that I have a gluten allergy and that it is not going to go away? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Nov 13, 2013 - 32 answers

I feel unappreciated - how to deal?

I feel really undervalued and unappreciated in every arena of my life. I'm already in therapy. What can I do to quiet these feelings? [more inside]
posted by sockermom on Oct 28, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me un-SAD my bathroom

I recently moved. The only light in my bathroom is from five of these bulbs (with the smaller bases -- I don't know exactly what they're called) over the medicine cabinet. I'm wondering if there are nice, bright, LED (full spectrum?) SAD-fightin' bulbs, ideally with warm white light, that I could screw in in their place. Any additional brightness would be welcome to help my brain as I get ready for the day and the year gets darker (I have to get up very early for work). Thanks very much!
posted by the brave tetra-pak on Oct 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommend media that is dark, sad, and beautiful

I love the theatrical, haunting, sad, yet, beautiful music of Lana Del Ray. Can you recommend any similar music, or accompanying literature and cinema? Thank you!
posted by blithecatpie on Oct 24, 2013 - 38 answers

Sad Bastard Music?

I'm looking for some new suggestions for good sad bastard music - that is, stuff that can leave you nice and melancholy when it's late at night and you want to feel comfortably down & depressed. To frame this a little I should note that Nick Drake, The Softies, early-period Belle & Sebastian, and The Mountain Goats have been go-to choices in the past. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine on Sep 26, 2013 - 76 answers

How do you stay happy when you're broke?

I'm a student nearing graduation. I'm in debt, I work full time during the summer but I barely make any money. I'm totally broke and I don't see that changing in the near future because the job market for my degree sucks. I'm trying to save but I keep reaching barriers. And then everyone around me has it so much easier, and I'm just so tired and unhappy. [more inside]
posted by madsy on May 30, 2013 - 41 answers

How do you cheer up when you're sad?

So I'm feeling miserable a lot lately. What do you do when you're feeling bad, to cheer yourself up? Restriction: Must be something I can do alone.
posted by EatMyHat on Apr 25, 2013 - 46 answers

I think I'm living with a reptile?

I suspect my partner may be an ectotherm. Is there such a thing as the combo full-spectrum lamp + heat rock that you'd get for a lizard tank but for adult humans? Anyone have any success making one? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 12, 2013 - 12 answers

What are my options for replacing my broken phone?

I'm on Verizon, I have no warranty, started a contract in July w/ a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G Android Phone. I was a n00b and walked into my car really hard the other night and it was in my pocket. The screen now will barely turn on, the touch screen is cracked. The touchscreen is unusable. I cannot dial or even use the phone. A google nexus will be $299. What are my options? The phone itself, I kind of hate, the OS is nice but charging has always been an issue and it dies pretty quickly. I need ideas on either should I replace it? (With what and how much?) I don't want to renew as Verizon has had terrible quaility and I want to dump them in 18 months and go back to Virgin Mobile (I even have a phone for it). Should I foot the $350 ETF and switch back to Virgin? Cost to fix it? Other options?
posted by snow_mac on Mar 20, 2013 - 20 answers

Summer is coming.

I hate the summer. I know it is March, but summer is coming and I am already fretting. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Mar 16, 2013 - 41 answers

I'm blue. Healthy suggestions for cheering myself up?

My baby brother moved to London yesterday and I'm sadder than sad. We're really close and he lived a couple of minutes from me so we hung out a lot. I'm going to miss him so much and it'll take me a while to accept that he's a flight away, and I can't just randomly drop in on him, hear his little hello, and settle down for a few hours of putting the world to rights. My usual way of dealing with sadness is not very productive - namely substances of varying degrees of legality, and chocolate. Help me make a list of positive things I can do to lift me out of the little pool of tears I'm in. He's left me one of his guitars - which was mine about 20 years ago - and I'm determined to learn it this time. Any other suggestions? Thanks.
posted by billiebee on Mar 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Is the winter harder for recovering substance abusers?

Happily one year and a few months sober, after close to a decade of progressively heavier drinking and self-destructive tendencies. After the first three months or so last year, dealing with the day to day of people having alcohol around me started to become much, much easier, until the past month or so, where the urge has hit me substantially harder. Seasonal? Just part of the territory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2013 - 5 answers

I have 30 minutes to do something nice for my wife. Can you help me?

My wife has had an awful day. I mean awful. She is stressed, upset, feeling pretty depressed about it. Between the kids having a rough day and one of her clients cheating and taking advantage of her, her short term self-esteem and resiliency are shot. Wow... she has every right to feel this bad. I've got 30 minutes to try to do something nice for her before she gets home. What little things would make you feel better after a rough day? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Feb 21, 2013 - 41 answers

Let's not sing that song about letting it snow.

How do I learn to live happily in a city where it snows? Also, what are some coping methods that I can use to help get me through these winter months? [more inside]
posted by livinglearning on Dec 28, 2012 - 38 answers

Feelings are stupid.

How do you take care of a sick significant other without feeling resentful? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 26, 2012 - 41 answers

Are you sometimes completely overwhelmed by unknown feelings?

Are you sometimes completely overwhelmed by unknown feelings? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Dec 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Grar

Depressing holiday songs? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Dec 8, 2012 - 76 answers

Why does eating make me feel like crap?

I love food, but eating makes me feel terrible. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 3, 2012 - 15 answers

How to cope with the holiday blues?

My little family doesn't care for Christmas like they used to, among other things. How can I avoid or learn to cope with the holiday blues this year? [more inside]
posted by ohmy on Nov 29, 2012 - 39 answers

80s foreign movie about a clown or mime wandering in city

Looking for a movie I saw on TV in the 80s that was about a sad clown/mime who left his circus and was wandering around the city - a foreign city, probably Europe. It is NOT Children of Paradise, but maybe some remake inspired by it. I believe it was a foreign film and was probably shown on Nickelodeon - it was a color film. Very atmospheric and followed the clown wandering in the city. Any ideas?
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Winter sun for a single lady

Winter Sun holiday destination, less than a 12-hour flight from the UK, safe for a single woman to go on her own. Are there any? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Nov 8, 2012 - 25 answers

When will light therapy start working for my depression?

Light therapy for depression that gets worse in the winter: when does it start working? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 10 answers

SAD and Light Therapy

I'm looking to buy a "light box" to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. I'd love some recommendations on a good quality unit. Suggestions from those who have tried and tested would be much appreciated!
posted by LivinginYes on Sep 15, 2012 - 13 answers

sad swelling music

Looking for sad music: instrumental, ambient, classical or swelling musical scores. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Aug 27, 2012 - 27 answers

Seriously confused by recent breakup.

Why am I hopeful with this ex-girlfriend ? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Jul 28, 2012 - 31 answers

Help me commiserate from afar!

Wallowing playlist help? [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Jul 26, 2012 - 43 answers

Why does it hurt when I'm sad?

What is the unpleasant physical sensation I sometimes get when I am profoundly sad? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jun 11, 2012 - 8 answers

No I do not sparkle.

Summer SAD-- this constant light is killing me. Anyone have any ideas for getting through the next couple of months? Blizzard ahead-- you might want to put some chains on your tires before proceeding. [more inside]
posted by Because on Jun 7, 2012 - 41 answers

I want to listen to songs that make me cry.

Tell me about songs with lyrics that make you cry. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on May 24, 2012 - 149 answers

How do I prevent myself from taking things too seriously?

How do I prevent myself from taking things too seriously? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Apr 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Please help me choose a SAD lamp.

I think I'm prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, and would like to try a light box this winter to avoid the blues. Which one should I buy? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl on Nov 22, 2011 - 12 answers

SAD therapy side effects?

Has anyone tried light therapy? I started using a SAD light therapy light and am experiencing some weird side effects... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 - 11 answers

What should I tell my new counsellor?

I'm considering therapy for the first time. How to clearly express what I want to work through there, and what to expect? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 6 answers

What brand of light therapy do you recommend?

Which therapeutic lights for SAD do you like best? [more inside]
posted by angiep on Oct 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Missing my Canadian autumn...

How do I bring the awesomeness of autumn to a very rainy and cold part of Norway? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 4, 2011 - 9 answers

What are the effects of drinking (or not drinking) on my emotions and seasonal affective disorder?

I'd like your advice about drinking alcohol - or abstaining from drinking - and dealing with my emotions and seasonal affective disorder. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Sep 24, 2011 - 7 answers

How quickly should Vitamin D supplements start brightening the spirits?

People who take Vitamin D to stave off SAD-type gloom: please give me your anecdotes. In particular, how long does it take to start working? [more inside]
posted by ManyLeggedCreature on Sep 20, 2011 - 29 answers

What is a good gift for someone going through a hard time?

One of the people at my job had to quit due to a heart attack. I volunteered to buy a gift on behalf of the office, but I have no idea what to get. What should I get for someone who is sick and probably in a dire financial situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Trumpets & Violins

I've always enjoyed mariachi music when I've heard it, but am now wanting to explore a little deeper. Keeping in mind that I know next to nothing, steer me towards some of the greats. [more inside]
posted by ericthegardener on Sep 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Light box (and other) recommendations for Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Looking for Seasonal Affective Disorder recommendations on light boxes etc.! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Sep 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Books that will make me weep?

Help me be sad. Recommend to me depressing, sad, mournful fiction. Books that made you sad and a tad tearful. I just want to access these emotions and be taken away in good writing and wonderful characters. Any genre is acceptable except YA (unless you can prove it is real exceptional YA I suppose). Less cliched angst situations as well.
posted by kanata on Jul 21, 2011 - 88 answers

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